Why Taking 7 Steps To Becoming A Morning Person Is The Best Decision You Can Make

Why Taking 7 Steps To Becoming A Morning Person Is The Best Decision You Can Make

I promise, you can do it.

Being awake before the rest of the world, is quite possibly the most paramount habit you can cultivate, not only for your success, but for your mental health and well being. There are less distractions in the early hours, and therefore you can focus on the tasks you need to get done immediately. You feel fresh and are not yet worn down by the people and situations you encounter throughout the day. You're essentially getting a head start on everything you need to undertake. That early morning commute to the gym will be smooth, as you are able to beat the dreadful rush hour traffic. And you will actually get to the gym because you can no longer say, "but I don't have the time." You won't have to rush your morning, and therefore can start the day feeling serenely positive. Imagine being excited to show up to that 8:30 a.m. class.

"You have to create a vision of yourself and your life that makes you excited to get up each morning."

1. Be Consistent.

Motivation only gets us so far. With constructing any productive habit in life, the essential aspect is being dedicated to the details that will move us closer to that end goal. Trying to lose weight? Did you workout today? Trying to wake up at 6 a.m.? Did you set your alarm for 15 minutes earlier than you did yesterday? Breaking lazy routines is difficult because they are habits that we have ingrained our brains to become accustomed to. It is even more difficult to keep the new habit long term. This is why it is crucial to do something each and every day to bring you closer to your goal. There is a reason we often see this tip everywhere. It works.


2. Have Something to Look Forward to.

We all need a reason to get out of bed in the morning. I know that your new job may suck, or you have to finish that group project today, but like usual no one is answering your texts and you just want to punch everyone you're working with. In order to jump right out of bed in the morning we have to know that there is a reason to do so. We need that reason to be something more positively enforcing than, "If I don't get up I'll get fired." You know when you get a new outfit, and you're actually excited to get up the next day to be able to wear it? That is the kind of excitement you have to cultivate every single day (without breaking your bank account of course).

I have a small notebook next to my bed, and every night I write down three good things that happened that day, and three things I have to look forward to for the next day. I focus on anything that may possibly make me happy; that I get to have pumpkin coffee in the morning, that I am trying a new yoga class with my roommate, that I get to work with my favorite co worker. It is so important to recognize that there are good things that will happen each and every day, as this will keep you from dreading the day. Actually writing these things down really helps you to focus on them.

3. Prepare.

For most of us, our brains feel groggy when we first wake up in the morning. If we know that we have to make breakfast, pick out an outfit for the day, figure out where we possibly left our gym shoes, purse and keys; we'll be more inclined to stay in our warm bed. Be nice to your future sleepy self, and prepare everything you can the night before. You will be granting your future self a much higher percentage of actually getting out of that bed. Make your lunch and any other meals for the next day. Plan out your outfit, pack your gym bag, leave your purse by the door, and have your coffee mug ready next to the Keurig.

4. Have a Calm Alarm.

Waking up early is already a difficult task for most, but by making small changes we can turn it into an enjoyable experience. What is not enjoyable is having a blaring alarm that sounds as if you are in the middle of a construction zone. There are apps such as, Sleep Cycle, which have calmer alarms that start slowly and gradually build up, so you are not quite as startled waking up. I promise, starting your day without your heart racing is a wonderful thing.

5. Force Yourself.

Unfortunately, there is no magic secret to building and sustaining any habit. As mentioned in tip one, you just have to keep at it. You know what the benefits are, you know this is what you should be doing. So it just comes down to the fact that you have to keep forcing yourself until this habit is a part of you and your life. You have to stay committed to this task each and every day. Jason Selk, a contributor at Forbes, explains in more detail how to really cultivate a habit beyond the typical "21 days to build a habit" mantra we tend to hear.

6. Have A Set Routine.

Knowing exactly what needs to be done when you wake up, keeps your brain from convincing yourself that there isn't really any point to waking up early. Having that routine already set, gives your brain the pass from having to do any complicated thought in the morning, as you just get up and go into auto pilot. Wake up, get done what needs to get done and go on with your day.

7. Make Your Room Bright And Warm.

We tend to sleep more in the winter due to the cold and dreary weather. As stated by accuweather; "Lack of light can cause the body to produce more of the chemical, [melatonin], making the body feel tired and sluggish." There is absolutely nothing cozier than being cuddled in bed while the weather is brisk and dark. This is also the reason that many have trouble getting out of bed in the morning. To combat this, I tend to set my alarm for about a half hour before I need to wake up and turn my air off/my heat on, and open the window to let the natural sun come in once the sun rises. This way, once it is actually time for me to get up, I am not as inclined to stay in my sleepy trance under the warm blankets, due to that dread of facing the cold.

Try out these tips, and comment below how they're working for you!

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20 Things That Will Make You Happy

Is there anything better than a book and a cup of tea?

Every once in a while, we could all use a little extra dose of happiness. Sometimes you get it by talking to a friend, maybe saying a prayer, or participating in an activity that you enjoy. There is also another way that you can remind yourself of all the blessings that life has to offer and that is by simply making a list. With the semester well-underway at this point, it is safe to say that most of us are slipping back into that school routine, which can leave us walking around like zombies just trying to make it from one day to the next. Whenever I feel myself being overtaken by this state I like to remind myself of all the good and happy things there are in this world.

1. Warm, sunny days

I know it's winter... but the thought it nice!

2. A good book.

Is there anything better than a book and a cup of tea?

3. Dancing in your kitchen.

It fixes everything!

4. Positive people.

It is nice to know someone is always cheering you on.

5. Spending time outdoors.

Being out in nature is one of the best forms of therapy!

6. City lights.

We've all witnessed that view of a breathtaking city that is lit up at night!

7. It's 2018!

Maybe you love the energy that surrounds a new year, and maybe you stay away from anything that has to do with the "new year, new you" mentality. Regardless, it is a new year and you here!

8. Singing your favorite song... in the car... with the windows down.

Anyone else love to sing The Proclaimer's I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) like they on How I Met Your Mother?

9. Funny YouTube videos.

We all have that one video that never fails to leave us in tears!

10. A good quote.

There are lots of them, but I'm talking about the one that speaks directly to you.

11. A killer music playlist!

It has all your favorite jams.

12. Stargazing.

Grab a blanket and count how many shooting stars you see.

13. A delicious cup of coffee

Without a doubt this is the best way to start your morning!

14. Unplugging from the rest of the world.

Disconnect from the online world. Watch the sunset, enjoy the sunshine, talk to your friends in person.

15. Snow covered mountains.

One of the prettiest sights in nature!

16. Cake.

One of life's greatest blessings.

17. A cozy blanket.

One of the best feelings is getting home after a long day and snuggling up on the couch in your favorite blanket watching your favorite movie.

18. A bouquet of flowers.

They brighten up a room.

19. A cheeseburger and fries.

It's everyone's favorite food.

20. Your friends.

These are the people who are always by your side.


Need a little more happiness? Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of this series!
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I Asked 10 People What Their Biggest Regret In Life Is

When you bring peace to your past, you can move forward with your future.

As a lover of life, it is important to establish why reflecting on regret is beneficial for the mind and soul. Part of becoming a happy, fulfilled person is accepting both your past and how it changed you into the person you are now. True self-acceptance shows in the moment you realize peace cannot co-exist with war.

Happiness can only exist in acceptance.


I asked 10 people what their biggest regret in life is and how it has affected them.

Disclaimer: names left out for privacy reasons.

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1.

"There was a time in my life where I stopped taking care of myself and giving myself insulin and I basically tried to die; because I couldn't do it anymore."


2.

"Taking the good things in life for granted. Because even though we're still super young and it seems like life's gonna go on forever, people can go away at any time."


3.

"My parents and I did not get along through my first years of high school, and not having a relationship with them is my biggest regret."


4.

"Not treating others with kindness. I went through a long period of my life where I was just unhappy with my environment and conditions and who I was as a person. I would expel all of these negative feelings onto other people by being rude and snappy, and it pushed people away from me. I realized that it was not a constructive way to handle things and that being uplifting, kind, and positive was better. That was the turning point in who I am and what made me into the person I am today."


5.

"Not working hard enough throughout the summer for my sports tryouts, and then not making the team."


6.

"Being so careless with other people's feelings and emotions, and not caring about how my actions would change their lives and relationships with others. If I could just start the year over I would."


7.

"Falling for someone that will never picture the love that I picture for us, and never having the strength to admit it to anyone except for myself."


8.

"Having a relationship in high school because it took too much time away from my real friends and the people who were important to me."


9.

"Lying to myself about why I was happy. I would convince myself that I was happy for the right reason, and then later learn that I was making everything seem like I wanted it to be. I was in a relationship for four months and I always told myself I was happy. As you can imagine, it was the attention I craved. I wanted nothing to do with him."


10.

"Not working as hard as I do now, earlier in life. I realized that I have to work for the things I want."

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Regret is undoubtedly a unique experience for everyone. Different moments, different memories, and different people can spark an image in your mind that can haunt you forever. It is important to reflect and be honest with yourself in order to overcome personal tragedies and grow into the person you desire.

I try to look at my personal regrets as something beautiful. Something that will shape me into a better version of who I am, and not ruin my self image of who I am. It hurts to let go of regret, but sometimes it hurts even more to hold on.

Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be.

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